Monday, March 11, 2013

What To Do When You Have A Prolonged Yeast Infection

For some people, yeast infections go away on their own.  For most of us, though, help is needed for getting rid of it.

With a prolonged yeast infection your best bet is to incorporate topical treatments along with internal substances that help your body to overcome this pesky fungus.

Here are 5 Tips For Coping With a Prolonged Yeast Infection:

1.) Take virgin coconut oil.  This will help your body fight off the yeast that is manifesting in your digestive system without harming the good bacteria, giving your body a chance to rebound.  Over the course of ten days, work your way up to three or four tablespoons per day.  Don't like taking it?  Good news, capsules are available online. 

2.) Apply virgin coconut oil to the affected area.  Melt coconut oil over low heat and add a few drops of tea tree oil to the solution.  Allow the solution to cool and apply topically.  The solution should tingle but not burn.

3.) Eat right.  Steer clear of foods that contain gluten or sugar.  If you can't grow it, pick it, or catch it: don't eat it.  Steer clear of breads and pasta.  Buy some plain yogurt or pro-biotic tablets, and treat yourself to some fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables.

4.) If you experience "die off" take it easy until you feel better.  An unfortunate side effect of an internal yeast infection is that when the yeast dies off, toxins are released into the body.  These toxins are slowly being released anyway--but when the yeast dies, the toxin release is more sudden.  You may get headaches or diarrhea.  No matter what treatment you use for staving off an internal yeast infection, "die off" is part of the process.  Be patient with yourself, and stick to topical treatments if you experience this  side-effect.

5.) Drink a lot of water.  The old adage is right when it comes to yeast infections.  Some people actually experience an "intoxicated" sensation with an internal yeast infection.  Others crave alcohol and sweets.  Keeping your body hydrated will carry these toxins out more quickly, speeding up your recovery process.

Also, I highly recommend checking out this great e-book that will teach you how to be completely yeast free for years to come, plus 3 free bonus books.  Check it out:

 Until next time, to your health.

Nine Foods That Make Your Yeast Infection Worse

If you have every made a loaf or bread or seen one made by someone else, you know that yeast transforms quickly under ideal living conditions.

Yeast feeds on the gluten in the flour causing the bread to expand.  The air pockets are the byproduct: carbon dioxide. 

Sugar is also a tasty treat for yeast, giving it the energy it needs to reproduce at a rapid rate.

Temperature is also a key player in yeast production, with a range between 90 degrees and 100 degrees serving as the perfect environment for yeast to grow.

Usually healthy bacteria in the body provide a balance to keep yeast at bay.  However, with hormonal or immune system fluctuations, or the introduction of foreign yeast into the body, this pesky fungus has the chance to take over.

Your body is like a kitchen, and if you have the right ingredients, yeast will expand at a rapid rate!

To keep yeast at bay in your body, avoid foods that are gluten or sugar rich including:

1.) Canned foods are often sneaky: starches are added to thicken the sauce and sugars to improve the flavor.
2.) Salad dressings tend to have a disappointing amount of starch or sugar as well.  High fructose corn syrup is a common ingredient in mainstream salad dressing.  Instead, look for dressings that are all-natural and additive-free.

3.) As we've seen, white bread is a source of both sugar and gluten-rich flour.  Steer clear for a few weeks.
4.) A vast majority of pastas also have a great deal of gluten, as they are made with wheat flour and eggs.
5.) Desserts need to be avoided, we know high sugar content should be moderated at all times.  Take sugar completely out of the diet during a yeast infection.

6.) Alcoholic beverages may seem like they would "kill off" yeast in the body, but when the body metabolizes them, it gives a temporary increase in blood sugar levels.  This, in turn, gives yeast a chance to feed on the sugar.
7.) Cereal is another grain that frequently contains gluten.  High-fructose corn syrup is a common additive to cereal, giving yeast a chance to grow and thrive.
8.) Crackers typically have wheat flour packed with gluten as a key ingredient that assists the growth of yeast.
9.) Sweetened yogurt has sugar added to it that feeds the yeast.  The bacteria in yogurt is great for you, but the sugar should be avoided.

Avoiding these foods will improve your health greatly, and assist your body in restoring the balance it needs to keep yeast infections at bay.

See you next time, where we will look at how to approach a prolonged yeast infection.